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Herbal Cat Flea Remedies Are No Safer Than Conventional Treatments — 8 Comments

  1. Just discovered another product that may help with fleas. It’s not for applying to our cats, but it’s a non-toxic solution that can be sprayed on carpets and furniture. It’s called Kleen Green. I just received a 32oz. bottle of concentrate, and a fanny pack sprayer (from another company).

    I’ve been considering having the carpets cleaned professionally, but with roommates, I can’t predict when they’ll be gone for 3-4 hours. Even carpet cleaning isn’t going to solve the flea problem without toxic pesticides. So, I’m looking at Kleen Green as a solution. I’m not sure when I’m going to do this, since my cat is having tooth issues right now. But I’m ready to proceed when I’m able.

    I welcome comments on this product, after research.

  2. New valuable information on Essential Oils, provided by a VET who has made it her passion and focus of study. I just found this site yesterday, while searching for pain relief for my cat’s infected tooth. I know I can’t list the site itself, but you can search “animalEO” It’s not dot com, but dot info. Michael, check it out, and let us know your thoughts.

    I was truly amazed at what I discovered. She uses EO on her own cats, and client’s cats, with a high rate of success. She only uses high quality oils, and makes her own blends. I’ve ordered a sample of Boost, for cats. It’s a combination blend of oils.

    How about Jackson Galazy’s “Spirit Essences”, which are like Bach Flower Remedies. I did see some comments from people who thought this was a scam.

    I believe that plants, flowers and food are medicine. But cats are sensitive, so we need to educate ourselves with someone we trust. Ah, that trust word again!

    It all takes time and due diligence, but nothing is more worth it than the health of our pets, and of course, ourselves….

  3. I have serious doubts about anything a vet recommends because of my experiences. I realize that this is a drastic position, but there’s no one that knows my cat better than I do.

    Vets and doctors are not in the “prevention” business, so I have to make it my business. This means watching her behavior like a hawk. Glad I don’t have more than one cat to care for.

    An example is recently, there has been a patch of high grass that she usually nibbles on. But lately, I’ve noticed something new growing from the centers of this grass…..foxtails!! At first, I kept pulling her away, but then realized I had to do more.

    Although this patch of grass is on a neighbor’s property, I began furiously pulling it out yesterday. It’s a danger to dogs and cats, who could get it in their nose, eyes, or throat. This is “prevention in action”.

    Of course, that just leaves dirt, which Mitzy will roll around in. So, I may add some Diatomaceous Earth to it to kill off some fleas.

  4. I’ve also been researching Comfortis, prescription flea treatment chewables, but have read that some cats and dogs have adverse reactions, and have died.

    I wouldn’t take a chance knowing this.

    • The trouble for me is that even if there is a remote possibility of harm to a cat it makes the product unacceptable. It is about risk/reward and vets are not going to give advice about herbal treatments so we have to rely on the internet which can be misleading.

  5. I agree that not all herbal remedies are safe for cats. I’ve seen ingredients that are known to be toxic. The only “natural” product that does kill fleas is food grade Diatomaceous Earth.

    I’ve noticed a couple of fleas on Mitzy every time I run the flea comb through her, which is twice a day. So, I got a flour sifter, and sprinkled the DE on the carpets, and swept it in. (slowly, so it doesn’t stir up a lot of dust) Rather than vacuum it up, I’m going to leave it for a few days.

    I also put it in the creases of her various beds. I’ve already noticed no fleas on her in 1 day.

    I also read that washing floors in a Dawn dishwashing solution may repel them, but I haven’t tried that.

    I have read that this stuff can ruin old fashioned vacuums, unless the filter is cleaned every few minutes. I have a Dyson bagless, so I’m thinking it will be o.k. but I’ll still check the filter.

    There are companies who use non-toxic chemicals if you have a serious infestation.

    When I had cats in the past, I rarely had to use spot on treatments, or flea collars, which is unusual because they were indoor/outdoor cats.

    Now, that I know much more about these things, I don’t want to use them on Mitzy. I have sprayed her halter/jacket with an herbal repellent before we go out, but I don’t think it works that well.

    We have to do something because otherwise our pets suffer from itching themselves raw, and can even get worms from ingesting the fleas.

    • Thanks for this Sandy. I like the fact that you used DE (and did it properly too) and found that it worked. I used it myself once.

  6. A much newer natural agent, d-Limonene, is a by-product of the citrus industry and carries a mild, grapefruitlike odor.
    Caution: Never apply essential oils to a cats fur or internally.
    keep in mind that If you can’t drink it they can’t either*

    Powdered garlic-on food-
    Apple cider vinegar-in a diluted bath-
    A very small amount of Dawn detergent in bath-
    {Natural citrus juice on their coats -or lemon wash.Natural]
    Brewer’s yeast can also be dusted on externally as a flea powder. (If your pet licks some off, there’s no harm done.)

    Treat the house-
    Borax powder kills fleas-keep it on the edges where animals don’t normally tread.

    Diatemaceous earth in carpets and on a sprinkling animals coats.not only does[diat]break a fleas insides apart, but the clay in some mixes will kill parasites [worms of all types] when the animal licks it’s fur and ingest it.

    A healthy diet and fresh water everyday-
    Remember a healthy cat is less prone to becoming infested.
    Keeping the floors clean where eggs drop-
    Wash the cats bedding as often as possible-

    Any site which promotes herbal remedies should include a warning label when the plant is a known toxin to cats and dogs or has an aromatic scent derived from the plant oils.
    I have listed the ones I researched and know to be safe in this article.

    Eva-even if you decide to take the easy route and poison your cat unknowingly and even if it lives-You have permanently compromised their immune system. By then it may be too late to reverse any long term effects, which are usually not visible at a glance. Cats are notorious for hiding their weakness or any ailments they are subjected to.

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